Change Agents UK

Sustainability Engagement Officer

Project Sustainability Engagement Officer
Employer London School of Economics and Political Sciences
Job Description


LSE is a specialist social sciences university with an international intake and a global reach. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. 16 Nobel Prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni, and 34 past and present world leaders have studied or taught at the LSE. The LSE estate consists of 100,000m2 of central London office and teaching space, 13 catering outlets, a nursery, a world renowned library, a public house, eight halls of residence and an 11 acre sports ground.

LSE is a sector-leader in embedding environmental sustainability in its campus and operations, and the LSE Sustainability Team coordinates an extensive programme of work to enhance the School’s environmental impacts from energy and carbon, waste, water, construction, procurement and other areas.


The Sustainability Engagement Officer will deliver a range of sustainability engagement projects, working with stakeholders across the LSE community to encourage environmental behaviours. In particular they will manage the ‘Green Impact’ campaign, which encourages staff and students to embed sustainable practices within their own offices. They will also boost the overall capacity of the LSE Sustainability Team, supporting and contributing to a range of projects.

This is an 11-month post.

Benefits of this opportunity

The successful graduate will have opportunities to learn about being a team player, developing communication skills in different mediums, and stakeholder management experience. They will gain project management skills including event planning and management, project implementation and evaluation. They will also gain insight into a range of environmental management issues.

Future employment potential

The role may be able to be extended dependent upon its success and the development of any further needs that the School may have. Permanent work opportunities may arise within the team over the duration of the placement but timing and funding will influence the likelihood of any further opportunities for the graduate within the team. The skills, experience and knowledge gained from this post will open up many opportunities for a wide-range of sustainability work.

Benefits of working with Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK is a not-for-profit organisation which enables students and recent graduates to work with businesses, local authorities and community groups to learn about and implement sustainable development, and become more employable. With this service Change Agents UK will provide:

• Enrolment onto our Skills Development Programme, utilising bespoke exercises to increase skill set and employability through self-evaluation, learning and the Change Agents Academy

• Management support and networking opportunities.

• A monthly Change Agents UK Newsletter informing you of current sustainability news topics, up and coming events and workshops and a network of other change agents.

• Inclusion in the Change Agents staff and alumni networks: socials, networking opportunities, etc.

• Support in an organisation whose ethos is one of positive personal and professional development.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Project County London
Location London

Outputs and Key Tasks


  1. Coordinate the Green Impact project. This is a nationwide initiative led by the National Union of Students (NUS), for staff to undertake activities in their own offices to enhance their environmental impact. Please click here for further information on Green Impact.

  2. Coordinate a range of sustainability engagement initiatives, including running events, producing the LSE Annual Environmental Sustainability Report, producing newsletters and posters, and supporting staff and students to manage their own sustainability projects.

  3. Increase the number of students and staff with pro-environmental knowledge and awareness.

  4. Monitor and report on progress against objectives, using quantitative and qualitative data.

  5. Develop and drive forward other environmentally-related projects across the School.

Key Tasks

  1. Plan, deliver and evaluate the Green Impact project.

  2. Recruit, coordinate and motivate teams of staff and student volunteers to participate in Green Impact, by working with staff, students and senior management at the start of the academic year.

  3. Collaborate closely with students and staff across the School to help them identify and develop their own Green Impact projects, and support them to deliver these.

  4. Act as an ambassador for the project and ensure effective communication of its aims and objectives in liaison with stakeholders across the LSE community, including (but not solely) staff and students, the Students’ Union, student societies and halls of residence.

  5. Facilitate discussion and drive forward agendas with key contacts and participants.

  6. Recruit and coordinate a team of student volunteer auditors, who will assess teams’ progress towards delivering their Green Impact objectives at the end of the academic year.

  7. Plan and implement the annual ‘Celebration of Sustainability’ to recognise teams’ achievements after completion of the Green Impact programme, as well as other events to engage staff and students, and a series of public lectures.

  8. Support sustainability engagement with internal and external stakeholder through the Annual Sustainability Report, newsletters and press releases, posters, social media, and maintaining the Sustainable LSE website.

  9. Ensure that all records and information are collated and disseminated effectively, and that progress reports are provided to a range of audiences, including participating teams and senior management.

  10. Prioritise key tasks and workload to ensure successful delivery to time frames specified by the project aims.

  11. Actively network with Sustainable Behaviour Assistants and other colleagues in external institutions, as well as identifying and undertaking suitable training opportunities, to ensure sharing of best practice across the sector.

  12. Support other work to contribute to overall Sustainability Team objectives as required, and provide input and suggestions on the future development of Green Impact and sustainability engagement at LSE.

Person Specification


  1. Candidate must be a graduate.

  2. An excellent communicator:

  • Able to comfortably express themselves and environmental issues verbally, in written text to a variety of different audiences as well as in one-to-one situations.

  • Experience and enthusiasm for articulating this through marketing materials (e.g. producing news items and a newsletter and creating on-line communities).

  1. Knowledge of, and commitment to, ‘green’ issues and their importance within a university environment.

  2. Demonstrable commitment and motivation to complete the project and deliver the projects aims.

  3. Creative and innovative thinker and problem-solver that can formulate ideas and appropriately execute them.

  4. ICT literacy in all Office applications but especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  5. Conscientious organiser, able to plan and organise their work appropriately.

  6. Demonstrable ability to motivate others into action.


  1. Experience of project management and administration.

  2. Previous experience of event organising in either a voluntary or paid position.

  3. Experience of or a relevant qualification in communications, marketing or similar.

  4. Experience of coordinating and motivating a team of volunteers.

  5. Experience of any web content management programmes, graphic design or video editing software, social media particularly Twitter and Facebook, and MS Project.

Position Details

Employer: Change Agents UK Trading Limited on behalf of LSE

Salary (per annum pro rata): ): £19,550 pa pro rata

Interview Date: Monday 15th August 2016

Closing Date: Sunday 31st July 2016

Start Date: August 2016

Preferred Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: 11 Months

Hours/Week: 35

Work outside normal hours: Possibility of very occasional work outside normal hours to coordinate events.

Annual leave: 25 days pa pro rata

Probation period: 1 month

Base: LSE Campus

Department: Estates Division

Salary £19,550
Application Deadline 2016-07-31
Interview Date 2016-08-15
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted